You've probably heard a lot about UPVC windows and if you look around you will probably find that more than half the homes on your street have UPVC windows. UPVC stands for unplasticised poly vinyl chloride, a material that has numerous uses including windows and doors and pipes and guttering to name just a few. UPVC window frames have a galvanised steel core, which gives the material incredible strength.
If your existing windows are rotting, or if you just want to upgrade and add value to your home, you should have UPVC windows.
Even though you may not be thinking about selling your home any time in the near future, it's good to know that your property is increasing in value rather than going down. Surveys tend to suggest that those home owners who do invest in double glazed UPVC windows can ask a significantly higher price for their home than people who have not had new windows fitted and this is one of the best benefits of upvc windows.
UPVC Windows Are Weather Proof
One of the problems with traditional hard wood window frames is that wood has a propensity to swell when the weather is consistently damp, and this eventually leads to rotting window frames. Rotten window frames not only make it easier for an intruder to enter your home uninvited, they can be extremely dangerous, especially if the glass becomes loose in the frame. UPVC window frames are storm proof and weather proof as the damp cannot penetrate the surface of these frames. UPVC is non-corrosive so it will neither rot nor rust and the frames will not let the cold and damp into your home. The bad weather will not destroy the look of your new windows and you can rest assured that they will last for years and require very little in the way of maintenance.
UPVC Windows Save Energy
UPVC windows and especially those that are double glazed have high insulation properties. With double glazing, the vacuum between the panes acts like a solar panel and prevents cold air and draughts from entering your home and the warm air and expensive heat from escaping. UPVC double glazed windows are ecologically friendly because they prevent the heat and energy loss that occurs with standard, traditional window frames.
The way in which double glazed UPVC windows are designed means that you will have fewer problems with noise outside of your home, as the windows are insulated against it. Many people who have had double glazed UPVC windows installed in their homes say that the initial cost of the windows is later offset by the amount of money that they save in energy costs. Some manufacturers claim that the installation of UPVC double glazed windows can save up to forty percent on energy costs. Not only will new windows save you a significant amount of money over time, they will also reduce the impact of what some scientists call your carbon footprint.
The insulating factor of double glazed UPVC windows can be beneficial for your health, especially if you suffer from colds or bronchial problems. A lack of draughts in your home could make next winter a lot more comfortable for all the family.
UPVC Windows Give Your Home Style
You can have double glazed UPVC windows in a range of colours, styles and sizes and you can choose between different types of windows, if you have an Edwardian home, then you may want to choose bay windows because these are prevalent on this period's homes. Whether your home is Victorian or modern, large or small, there is a style, shape and size that will suit your home.
It used to be the case that UPVC window frames were always white but in recent years there has been a lot of developments and you can now choose from a range of colours for your frames. If you prefer a wood grain finish or even want your windows to look like traditional hard wood frames this can be done. You can choose from turn and tilt frames for easy cleaning, casement windows, French windows, and even traditional sash windows. One thing you need to be aware of is that the more openings you have in your windows, the greater the cost. It is a good idea if you are considering having double glazed UPVC windows to do some research and find out what is available in your area.
If you want efficiency, insulation and style then double glazed UPVC windows could make a considerable difference to the look and feel of your home. New windows could well turn out to be one of the best home improvement decisions you have ever made.
Make Your Home Extra Secure
Double glazed UPVC windows can make a significant contribution to the security of your home. When your home is more secure insurance companies are more inclined to look favourably on you and may even be persuaded to lower your premiums, particularly if you have windows that are alarmed. There are different locking systems and you should ensure that you have extra secure locks. Double glazed windows are much harder for would be intruders to cut through and they may often bypass a home for this reason. You can also have anti-crowbar finishes so that your window cannot be forced open by an intruder.